Walnut Canyon National Monument, Flagstaff

4.8
Nestled along the 2,040 m (6,690 ft) rim of its namesake canyon, Walnut Canyon National Monument gives you the chance to view indigenous dwellings dating back almost 800 years. Spread over more than 2,145 hectares (5,300 acres), the park contains 25 different cliff dwellings built by the Sinagua people. You can wander between these sites using the monument's 1.4 km (0.9 mi) trail looping down the side of the canyon. However, be aware that the hike back to the trailhead involves 240 steps. Plan to see Walnut Canyon National Monument and other attractions that appeal to you using our Flagstaff road trip planning site .
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  • Made the drive from Sedona based on reviews. Realized on arrive that it was $15 per person for enter. Too expensive compared to all the things you can see for free. Went back to Sedona and did a...  more »
  • Had never heard of the existence or the history of this unique archeological find. Walked the Island trail with botanical, historical and anthropological signage and great exercise too!  more »
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  • Quiet and overshadowed by the grand canyon, this is a beautiful little spot. Be prepared for lots of stairs! Definitely worth going down to look at the cliff dwellings. We spoke to the park ranger and he was very knowledgeable and obviously loved his job. We learned a lot about the local wildlife and the history of the canyon from him.
  • A must visit in you're in the area. If you are interested in plants, animals, geology, history, or Indigenous Cultures, this place is a wonderful site to see. Be prepared to do a bit of hiking--the trail drops far down, but it has stairs and paved surfaces the entire way, and handrails for most of it. It has gorgeous views of the forest and canyon, as well as remains of cliff dwellings built by Native Cultures in the 1100s. I have visited multiple times, and each time it is amazing. You gain such an appreciation for the knowledge, tenacity, and skills of the ancient peoples. If you are able to walk up and down stairs, this is a fantastic place to visit.
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